10 Awesome Apps With Notification Center Widgets for iOS 8

Big Event

One of the nifty features, is the ability to use custom widgets in iOS 8. We haven't yet reached the point where you can place widgets on your home screen. Honestly, I don't see that happening anytime soon on iOS. For now, widgets call the Today notification view, home. From anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, pulling down the notification tab will reveal your today information, followed by widgets you've added. By having these occupy your Today notification panel, it means quick access from the lock screen, which adds the utility of these apps. The functionality of the Today panel becomes infinitely more useful. That's a big thing, because for some folks, I'm sure the Today view had become an afterthought. We've put together a list of the … [Read more...]

U.S Banks Currently Supporting Apple Pay

Apple Pay passbook cards

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.1, a major update that introduced support for Apple Pay, the new feature that allows iPhone 6/6 Plus owners pay for goods and services with their iPhones. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will also let you make Apple Pay purchases, but those are restricted to online purchases only. The process requires adding a bank credit or debit card to Passbook and Apple Pay. Here's the current list of supported Apple Pay banks. American Express: Personal credit cards, co-branded cards, small business credit cards, pre-paid cards Bank of America: Personal credit cards, personal debit cards, co-branded cards, small business debit cards Capital One: Personal credit cards, personal debit cards, small … [Read more...]

iOS 8.1 Released, Adds Support for Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library

Apple Pay

Apple has released iOS 8.1, available as an OTA update or using iTunes. The update adds a few major features, with the most notable being Apple Pay. Touted as a replacement for your credit cards, Apple Pay allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners in the U.S. to make purchases using their phones, provided they have entered their credit card. As one of the primary features of the newest iPhones, you can certainly understand why Apple has pushed out iOS 8.1 so quickly. Apple Pay was just one of countless changes in this latest release. … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Drafts 4, Angry Birds Transformers and More

Apps of the week

Apple dominated the headlines this week with new iPads, the incredible retina iMac and news that iOS 8.1 is right around the corner. There's no better time to be an iOS user and no better time to start downloading great new apps. This week, we see our favorite birds get weaponized, make a text entry app the center of our universe, and rekindle our love for classic Track and Field. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 19th, 2014. Angry Birds Transformers What seems like an unlikely pairing, there is a new Transformers version of Rovio's Angry Birds. The result is resonating with fans of both franchises, with an astounding 5-star rating from over 20,000 reviewers. Our favorite birds turn in their angry to … [Read more...]

Which iPad should you buy and what’s the best value?

Which iPad should you buy

Apple has introduced new iPads, while keeping a number of existing models in the lineup. Looking at the WiFi-only models, you have a choice between 5 different models. Pricing for the base models remains the same, with storage capacities remaining at 16GB. Like the iPhone 6, both the iPad 2 and iPad mini 3 do away with the 32GB storage option, replacing it with 64GB of storage. So which iPad offers the best value? If You Are Buying An iPad mini, What's The Best Value If You Need Cheap There are three iPad minis. The original iPad mini is the least expensive at $249. It's still a capable tablet, one that can be upgraded to iOS 8. It doesn't have a retina display and most of the internals were parts found in the iPad 2. That tablet … [Read more...]

Apple SIM In New iPads Lets You Easily Switch Carriers

Apple SIM cards

Apple made significant changes to their iPad line-up that includes the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Both of these new iPads come in a cellular version, but no longer do you have any level of commitment when choosing a carrier. A new Apple SIM card comes pre-installed in the new iPads, making it easy to switch between carriers. … [Read more...]

New Thinner, Powerful iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 With Touch ID, Gold Option

iPad Air 2

Apple's October Special Event saw CEO Tim Cook introduce iPad updates. The highlight centered around the iPad Air 2, which saw improvements to the design and significant upgrades. Among those upgrades is the addition of Touch ID. Apple's fingerprint scanner is the only feature change to the retina mini, which is being sold as the iPad mini 3. Apple's product line will include all three different iPad mini models – now marketed as 1, 2, 3, along with the original Air and today's iPad Air 2. Yes, there are 5 iPads in total across a slew of price points. iPad Air 2: What's New The iPad Air represented a major reboot of the full-sized iPad that included a slimming down to a ridiculously thin 7.5mm to 6.1mm. Last year's presentation saw … [Read more...]

Apps of the Week, Skullduggery, TeleStory and more!

Apps of the week

The leaves are starting explode with color, your favorite beverage is available in a pumpkin flavor and there are so many great new apps lining the shelves of the App Store. This week, we let the kids create their own TV shows, track down deadbeats in the afterlife, and find new ways to pair down our photo libraries. It's time for the everythingiCafe apps of the week for October 12th, 2014. TeleStory With TeleStory, it lets kids explore their creativity while creating original TV shows and more. The app lets you write, direct and star in their own program. Kids can choose from different categories that include music videos (The Band), science fiction (Star Adventure), mystery adventure (EyeSpy) and TeleStory for completely original … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Review

iPhone 6 review

The introduction of new iPhones always bring great expectations. None bigger than this year, when it was largely anticipated that Apple would drastically increase the size of the display, bringing them more in line with the offerings from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Nokia. Every year, like clockwork, Apple releases a new iPhone. Every two years or so they make major changes to the design, with last such change ushering in the iPhone 5. In 'off' years, S models offer significant refinements and new product features. In recent years, we've seen Touch ID, Siri and faster networking among other improvements. Despite a steady stream of iPhones that have up to this point, have been well received and reviewed, not a one was offered in … [Read more...]

How to send quick audio messages in iOS 8

Send quick audio messages iOS 8

The number of features that are nestled in iMessage in iOS 8 is astonishing. Messages had always been a capable and very good messaging app, but Apple has packed new features inspired by some of the more popular third party apps like WhatsApp. As one of the primary stock applications in iOS, it's hard to not to appreciate the delicate balance of simplicity with robust features. Tasks like sending a quick photo or video have become even easier. Useful features like sharing or sending your location, let friends or family get a quick map of your location. In addition to pictures, text and maps, iOS 8 lets you send quick audio messages. … [Read more...]